No. They are fine.
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I recently came across an article called 'The Grammar Wall Of Shame' which talks about how those teaching English in Japan starting to adopt the same incorrect grammar that they are trying to dissuade their students from using.
The article ends with:
It all started off as a way to poke fun at each other and keep the office environment lighthearted, but recently the list has taken on more serious proportions as it gets longer and longer everyday. And the funny thing is we are all experienced English teachers who have taught in Japan for many years.Are the last two sentences wrong?
Recent quotes have even begun to include our students.“I’ve got a class shortly.”
“Don`t call him that!”
Last edited by Olympian; 06-Oct-2012 at 03:47. Reason: edited URL to the article
No. They are fine.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com
There's a hint of Pot calling the kettle black - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com here. To quote from the article
Oh dearA really funny ones is, “Read in the English,” by my female co-worker, (whom shall remain anonymous) referring to grammar.
I don't understand this one, either: “If I were I cow, I’d have horns.”
There are many breeds of cattle where the female has horns. But "whom" knows, maybe the person who wrote that "ones" didn't know that. Even so, it would be a mistake of biology, not English. (Even though it's not a mistake.)
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
I've just read the article and much of it makes no sense. A couple of them might have been amusing to those concerned or if you knew what the topic under discussion was, but otherwise, it's nonsense. As Rover said at the beginning, the two quotes from the end of the article are absolutely fine. If these "experienced" English teachers are poking fun at their students for using perfectly good English, I dread to think what their classes are like.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
There is nothing wrong with the second, as Rover said. But context might make it wrong - if the user, for example, means 'Don't tell him that,' or 'Don't phone him to talk about that.' (There are infinite possibilities for mis-applying a perfectly grammatical sentence.)
Thank you all for the responses. Sorry for my late response.
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